Previously, communication with the IO-Link end effectors on robots required external wiring, cable installation accessories and a wired controller. This wiring is costly as well as being time- and maintenance-intensive. In addition, cables restrict the freedom of movement and flexibility of the robot arm, increase the weight of the arm and thus reduce the gripping accuracy and speed. A key component that had been missing in robotics to date was a wireless, highly available communication solution designed for this automation segment.

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